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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

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Address: 185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-847-6226
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the...

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and at the site of Place des Arts. It lies in the centre of a unique cultural complex in Canada, combining both the performing and visual arts. Founded in 1964, the MAC is the first institution in Canada devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The Museum offers a varied program, including the presentation of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of works by artists from Québec, Canada, and abroad.

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Good cultural hour

Not that big, yet big enough to exhibit several artists. Inside is like a maze with small rooms where they were projecting videos. The selection of artists was of a high calibre... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 23, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fine museum of modern art kept fresh by its daring and by its loyal guides. Well presented and well commented. Just a wonderful place to wander in art. To feel the freshness of expression and originality both good and so so We are lucky to have this treasure

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Not that big, yet big enough to exhibit several artists. Inside is like a maze with small rooms where they were projecting videos. The selection of artists was of a high calibre although mainly from North America. The only point: why on earth museums in Montreal do not take Amex cards. You are in NA guys !

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We were so excited for our visit on Oct 2 and found the museum was 99% closed except for 2 rooms. Because of that it was free. I guess you get what you pay for. The ticket staff couldn't be bothered to say hello - they just talked among themselves. We interrupted to ask a few questions, and they appeared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The exhibition of Edmund Alleyn was terrific. Some of the other exhibits were not really to my taste but I like to see modern art because then I can decide what I like much more easily if I can make a comparison between different things.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We enjoyed visiting this modern art museum, located in a nice district of Montreal. Exhibitions are quite "extreme", though, in a large part, they turned out to be interesting to us. The visit takes about a couple of hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

A very reasonably-priced accessible attraction featuring a variety of contemporary artists and artistic styles.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Was really expecting this to be great but it was a waste of $15. The exhibits are of course contemporary. But piles of rock and gloves and gloves in plastic bags? Really? I seriously didn't know what was art and was under construction. Plus it's only one floor, with about 3 rooms. Serious fail here, don't waste your time. Try... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We enjoyed the variety of the art forms presented in this small but important downtown museum. Jean-Pierre Gauthier 's "Orchestre à géométrie variable" is simply phenomenal and a treat for the eyes, the ears and the mind. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Excellent but compact museum, enjoyed all the exhibits including several solo exhibitions, one with the artist Edmund Alleyn, who placed plexiglass with startlingly realistic oil stencils of figures in front of his paintings, the other a conceptual recreation of the Canadian woods. The area around the museum was bustling with a marvelous festival "Just for Laughs" that featured mad bicycle... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Expensive fee, but worth the look, Actually saw the worst piece of art I've ever seen there... look for che-tos or some such spelling.

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Quartier des Spectacles
The bar-none entertainment district for music and arts, Quartier des Spectacles is an interactive playground that delights the senses. It totals over 30 performance halls, with the vibrant Place des Festivals at its heart. The outdoor event space features glowing towers, glass edifices, and granite-lined bike paths, and hosts annual festivals, concerts, and comedy nights. The cinema, theaters, and exhibition centers are entwined with external art projects, exemplified at Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum and appearing along every walkway of the Promenade des Artistes in the form of sculpture and public works, from digitally-enhanced swingsets to glowing fountains. Design, performance, and alternative music come together here, a stone's throw from the lively Latin Quarter along Rue Saint-Denis, the quintessential after-party spot for dinner and a drink following a day of jazz, poetry and play.
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